How To Get The Android O Developer Preview

Google unexpectedly dropped the first Android O developer preview yesterday. Android O is the code name for the next version of Android. Android 7 aka Nougat is the current stable version. This developer preview is intended for registered developers. If you've joined the Android Beta program, you will not receive an update. This means the preview is probably not stable enough to be run on your main device. If you still want to try it out, then you will need to manually install it. The process is simple enough and Google has made images of the new version available for some devices. Here's how you can get the Android O developer preview on your phone now.Read More

How To Block Someone From Viewing An Instagram Story

Instagram stories are made up entirely of photos you take with you camera. You cannot select photos from your camera roll and add them to your Instagram story. The feature is a clone of Snapchat that encourages you share moments as they happen. The only alternative is to go live on Instagram and broadcast everything as it happens. The feature being what it is, it's sometimes not a great idea to share a story with all your Instagram followers. The good news is, you can block a follower from viewing an Instagram Story without blocking them from your feed. Here's what you need to do.Read More

How To Turn Off Auto-Download Files In Whatsapp

Whatsapp lets you send images, documents, audio messages, and videos to your friends. Almost all chat apps support these basic file types and for good reason. These are some of the most common files that people share. Often, it's extremely helpful to be able to send files over a chat app. Other times, it's just a drain on your device. Whatsapp is a power hungry app to have on your phone. If you use it often, or you're in one too many groups, it will drain your battery. On top of that, it will also consume significant storage space. Whatsapps by default saves all files sent over a chat thread. The media files shared over a muted thread will download when they are received. Here's how you can turn off auto-download files in Whatsapp.Read More

How To Share A Facebook Messenger Day Story

Facebook is copying Snapchat stories and integrating the feature into every single app it owns. This is happening and there is no stopping it. Just weeks ago, a Whatsapp update brought Snapchat-story like statuses to the messaging app. Now the Facebook Messenger is in the process of getting a similar feature. This new feature is called Messenger Day. It is a slideshow of images and videos that you can share with your friends, or select friends. The slideshow disappears after 24 hours. You can see who has viewed your 'My Day' slideshow and control who can, and can't, see it. Here's how to share photos to your Messenger Day story.Read More

How To Turn On Post Notifications For An Instagram Account

You can follow any public Instagram account. When you follow an Instagram account, you see all posts from the account in your home feed. If an account you follow goes live, Instagram will send you an alert. If an account posts a photo, or shares a story, Instagram will not send you an alert. When you open the app on your phone, you will see a list of accounts that shared stories at the top. As for any posts by the account, you will have to find them in your home feed or visit the account. The thing is, it doesn't have to be that way. You can turn on post notifications for an Instagram account and every time the account posts anything, you will get an alert. Here's how.Read More

Get The Windows Notepad App On Android

The Windows Notepad app is a simple text editor. It's been part of Windows for years. The app is great if you want to edit a script, an HTML file, or take a quick note. The app has remained unchanged for the most part but it is still a great app. Imagine if you could use it on an Android device. Real Notepad : Notebook is a very realistic, Windows like, port of the Notepad app. Running the app essentially gives you the Windows Notepad app on Android. You do not need a rooted device. The app lets you copy/paste text, customize the font, and save to TXT and HTML (and other) formats. It costs $0.99 but it is well worth the price.Read More

How To Send Secret Self-Destructing Messages On Viber

Viber has just introduced secret, self destructing messages. It is the latest app to take hint from Snapchat and make chats more private. Facebook Messenger introduced a secret chat feature just last year and Viber has caught up. The new feature lets you send secret self destructing messages on Viber to any of your contacts if they're running the right version of the app. A secret message thread is separate from a normal chat thread. Users get an alert when anyone takes a screenshot of the conversation. Messages have an expiry date. Each person in the conversation can set a different expiration period for their messages. A message can expire within seconds, after a few hours, or in a week. Here's how you can send secret self-destructing messages on Viber.Read More

The 5 Best Android Emulators Ranked

Android emulators are a good way to test apps while they are in development. Once people realized they could use these environments to play android games on a PC/Mac, they became a craze, of sorts. Some emulators can only run apps, while others can emulate the entire operating system. We are going to run down the most popular Android emulators and see which one qualifies as the best. For the purposes of this analysis, we are pitting the 5 most popular Android emulators against each other. There are hundreds of emulators out there, below is a list from the best of the bunch.Read More

How To Disable Touch Input On Your Android Phone [No-root]

Touch screens have changed the way we interact with phones. They're easier to use and a physical keyboard or a number pad is no longer a necessity which means larger screens. A touch screen is great until you accidentally tap it at the wrong time. This can be during a Skype meeting or when you're recording a video. An accidental tap can exit an app or end a call. Given how responsive touch screens are, the consequence of an accidental touch will be immediate. Touch Lock is an Android app that can disable touch input on your Android phone. It can also disable key presses on actual physical keys. It does not require a rooted device. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Control The Caret Cursor With Volume Buttons [Android]

Twenty years ago, it was hard to imagine a better way to type than with a physical keyboard. At the time, it was hard to imagine typing on a small device could be possible or easy. Technology has proven this to be otherwise. People type on phones of all sizes and there are no physical keyboards involved. Touch screens have improved exponentially in quality.  Mobile operating systems likewise have adjusted for typing on a small screen. On Android, a cursor is only present when you're typing text. To control where the caret cursor is active, you tap and hold on text. A small handle attached to the cursor appears and lets you select where you drop the caret. Cursor Control is an Android app that lets you control the caret cursor with volume buttons. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Get Google Assistant On Your Android Phone

Personal assistants are an increasingly popular feature on smartphones. Siri was the first personal, voice activated, assistant introduced on a smartphone. Since then, smartphones and desktops alike have updated to include a personal assistant feature. macOS has Siri and Windows has Cortana. It's now a matter of which personal assistant is better. Android has its own personal assistant that is slowly catching up to Siri's capabilities. Android started out with 'Ok Google' a voice activated feature that could tell you the weather and traffic conditions. Google has since developed Google Assistant, a more refined personal assistant for Android. Google Assistant was originally available on Pixel phones and Nexus devices. It is now available for any Android device running Android Nougat or Android Marshmallow. Here's how you can get Google Assistant on your phone.Read More

How To Disable Comments On An Instagram Post

Photos make up a large part of the media shared on social networks. People share photos so much, that apps like Instagram and Snapchat exist. These apps rely on people wanting to share photos incessantly. Judging by the success they've had, it's safe to say they knew what they were counting on. Of course where photos are shared, there also exists a way for friends to comment on them. Facebook has highly customizable options for controlling who can see and comment on the photos you share. Instagram does not. Your only privacy option on Instagram is make your account private. You cannot selectively make some photos private and others public. If you find inappropriate comments being left on a photo, you can turn commenting Off. Here's how you can disable comments on an Instagram Post.Read More

How To Create And Import A Bitmoji Avatar In Snapchat

Snapchat acquired Bitmoji a while back. Bitmoji lets you create highly customizable avatars for you social media profiles. Snapchat integrated Bitmoji inside the app. It lets users add their avatars to snaps and send them as stickers. Before you can start using your Bitmoji avatar, you need to create and import a Bitmoji avatar in Snapchat. To create and import a Bitmoji avatar in Snapchat, you must have the Bitmoji app and the Snapchat app installed on your phone. Here's what you have to do.Read More

How To Delete Your Snapchat Account

Snapchat is currently ranked among the most popular social media apps. The company just went public though its IPO was underwhelming. This is of course no indication of the app's popularity. Snapchat is a force to reckon with for other social media apps; it's original and Facebook copies a feature from it almost every two months. That said, Snapchat isn't for everyone. The format for sharing anything on Snapchat is almost exclusively images. The option to share text messages is there but Snapchat is, like Instagram, an image centered network. If you've decided this is one fad you can sit out, you might want to delete your Snapchat account. Here's how you can do just that.Read More

How To Crop Panoramas For An Instagram Album

Instagram made the square sized photo popular. The app stuck with this particular photo size for a long time. The size came with its limitations and apps like Layout couldn't remove them. Eventually, Instagram allowed users to post photos in their original, wide, dimensions. The feature is alright and you can use it to post a panorama but the results aren't that great. You end up with a very zoomed out photo. Instawide is a free Android app that can crop panoramas for an Instagram album. iOS users will have to pay $0.99 for Panosel, an app that does the same thing but on an iPhone. Instagram albums or multiple image posts are a new Instagram feature that lets you share ten photos in one post. Instawide crops a panorama so that you can share it as an album. Here's how it works.Read More

How To Use White Balance In Google Photos

Google Photos has a new feature called 'White balance'. This feature isn't new in the sphere of photography or picture editing apps. Countless camera and photo editing apps have had this feature since ages. It is, however, new to Google Photos. The feature adjusts the color in a photo and gives it an even tone. Pictures taken in poor light have areas that are too dark or too bright. White balance fixes that problem. Here's how to use white balance in Google Photos.Read More

How To Hide Apps From Google Search In Android

The dedicated Google Search app in Android has received an upgrade. It can now search your apps as well as the internet. This feature is similar to Spotlight search in iOS. The Google Search app now has a dedicated tab called 'In Apps' and all matching results from apps installed on your phone appear under this tab. One of the many apps Google Search can look through is the People app on your phone. You can use it to look up a contact's details. If you prefer to hide apps from Google Search, you need to revoke access. Here's how.Read More

How To Launch An App From Quick Settings [Android]

The Notifications shade in Android has tiles for toggling quick settings. Android doesn't have a built-in tool to create custom tiles though there are apps available for just this purpose. The toggles usually connect with a system setting like the Bluetooth or WiFi switch on your phone. With third-party apps, you can add tiles for weather or an app or two. Shortcutter is a free Android app that adds a myriad of tiles to Quick Settings. You can add a tile to access the camera, record your screen, or access the SystemUI Tuner. It also lets you add a tile to launch an app from Quick Settings. Here's how to set up an app tile using Shortcutter.Read More

How To Search And Share GIFs On Android Without Switching Apps

The internet loves GIFs. They're the best way to react to anything whether it's good news, bad news, or political news. This image type is so popular that Facebook, Twitter and Whatsapp have added GIF support as well, complete with a built-in search feature for finding them. Creating a GIF is pretty easy but services like Giphy and Imgur have such a rich library of GIFs, you never really need to create a new one. You can search the extensive library of GIFs available on Giphy and just use one from there. GIF Share Overlay is a free Android app that lets you search and Share GIFs on Android from anywhere. The app is accessed from the Notifications shade. It adds a floating overlay to your screen where you can search and share GIFs from.Read More

How To Add Photos, Videos, And GIFs To Your Whatsapp Status

Facebook bought Whatsapp a few years ago. The only noteworthy change made to Whatsapp since the acquisition was support for GIFs. For the most part, Facebook left Whatsapp the same as they found it until now. Facebook has long been copying features from Snapchat and including them in the Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram apps. Following this, Whatsapp has a new way to share status updates and these updates closely resemble stories that you share on Snapchat. You can add photos, videos, and GIFs to your Whatsapp status with this new feature. It remains visible for twenty-four hours and you can control who it is visible to. Here's how it works.Read More